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Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 12:35

Interpretation helps understand law better: CE

By chinadailyasia.com

HONG KONG – Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Tuesday that the latest interpretation of the Basic Law by the nation’s top legislature serves as an enhancement to understanding the law and should be viewed as important.

The NPCSC interpretation of Basic Law Article 104 offered clear explanations and will help people in Hong Kong to better understand the provisions in the Basic Law

Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive, Hong Kong

Speaking to the media before the weekly Executive Council meeting, Leung said the interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of Basic Law Article 104 offered clear explanations and will help people in Hong Kong to better understand the provisions in the Basic Law.

The interpretation stipulates that an oath taker, including lawmakers, who intentionally interpolates words that are not in accordance with the statutory wording of the oath prescribed by law, are to be disqualified forthwith from holding public office. The same, he said, also applied to those who recited the other in a manner that did not embrace the spirit of sincerity, nor the solemnity of the undertaking. In that case they must be considered to have declined to take the oath, and are therefore disqualified.

The city’s High Court has yet to make a ruling on a judicial review sought by the SAR government over the disqualification of two lawmakers-elect for their improper conduct during oath-taking on Oct 12.

Leung said that his government will handle affairs in accordance with the law, and currently there was no plan to arrange a by-election for any vacated seat in the city’s legislature, pending court decision. If a vacancy does emerge later, a by-election will follow.

When asked about his role in bridging Hong Kong government with the central authorities, Leung said the city enjoys diverse channels allowing for smooth communication. He will relay public opinion responding to the interpretation, to the central government.

The NPCSC has interpreted the Basic Law five times since Hong Kong’s reunification with the motherland in 1997.

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